On the action potential as a propagating density pulse and the role of anesthetics

  title={On the action potential as a propagating density pulse and the role of anesthetics},
  author={T. Heimburg and A. Jackson},
  journal={arXiv: Biological Physics},
  • T. Heimburg, A. Jackson
  • Published 2006
  • Chemistry, Physics
  • arXiv: Biological Physics
  • The Hodgkin-Huxley model of nerve pulse propagation relies on ion currents through specific resistors called ion channels. We discuss a number of classical thermodynamic findings on nerves that are not contained in this classical theory. Particularly striking is the finding of reversible heat changes, thickness and phase changes of the membrane during the action potential. Data on various nerves rather suggest that a reversible density pulse accompanies the action potential of nerves. Here, we… CONTINUE READING
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